Carrie Schneider Reading Women

January 21 May 22, 2016

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For her series Reading Women (2012 – 2014), Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Carrie Schneider photographed and filmed one hundred female friends and colleagues in their homes or studios reading texts authored by women. The Haggerty will present, for the first time in a single exhibition, all three forms of the project—a selection of large-scale film-based photographic portraits, a four-hour single-channel video installation, and an artist book comprised of photographs of each book held open by its reader. Explored via three distinct media platforms, Schneider’s deceptively simple premise invites viewers to “read” each woman as she consumes the words on a page, a socially and culturally inflected activity that introduces a host of complex questions about the history of female representation and self-representation, and spheres of intellectual influence among women.

Support for the exhibition and accompanying programs was provided by the Joan Pick Endowment Fund, and by the Marquette University Women’s Council Endowment Fund. Major funding for the publication was provided by the Sadoff Family Foundation with additional support from Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg.

Programs for Carrie Schneider: Reading Women


Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6 p.m.

Carrie Schneider
Artist Talk and reception


Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6 p.m.

Jon Mueller
Musical performance in response to Reading Women exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art.

All programs take place at the Haggerty unless otherwise noted.